Inspired Education, the premium private school operator, is launching an online school, as it moves to enter new markets while capitalising on growing demand for distance learning amid the pandemic.

King’s College Online will launch in January, offering a British curriculum to students in China and a local curriculum in the US, Inspired’s founder and chief executive Nadim Nsouli told this publication.

The online school will borrow the name and brand of King’s Group, which Inspired bought last October, in a deal revealed by this publication.
Without a physical presence in China and the US, King’s College Online would be run from Inspired’s existing business ACG in New Zealand, comprising six schools that it acquired in 2018.

Inspired will use the online school to test the waters in new markets without having to establish a physical presence within them, thereby lowering the barriers to entry.

King’s College Online will be headed by Mark O’Donoghue, who is joining the company in November to develop the offering.

O’Donoghue has experience in online learning and international education, having driven the digitalisation and internationalisation of Hotcourses, an educational guidance company, before it was sold to IDP Education last year.

He was also chief operating officer and chief executive of AVADO Learning, which offers online learning to individuals and companies, where he developed partnerships with the likes of Google, Tableau and the CIPD.
Inspired is a premium private school operator with more than 45,000 students across an international network of 64 institutions in five continents.

Its entrance into the online schooling arena will see it compete with the likes of Crimson Global Academy, founded and led by 24-year-old Jamie Beaton, and Valenture Institute.

Earlier this month, online high school Valenture Institute secured a $7 million investment boost form GSV Ventures, to help the firm meet rising demand for distance education.

Date published: 28 September 2020

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